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Leadership still lacking

Two weeks ago we editorialized that the Newton County Board of Commissioners should show some leadership, define the county's form of government, and identify its true manager. The BOC held a workshop on the topic, but left the meeting without a solution, or even clarity on how Newton County should be led.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Recommendations to the BOC

The recent loan from Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis on behalf of Newton County to Commissioner J.C. Henderson was a huge problem for our local government.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Thank you John Middleton

Thank you John Middleton for your 14 years of service as Newton County's Manager.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Proposed park a great idea for Covington

Covington has a problem. And a cure.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


'Hero' chief proves CPR works

Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien, like all firefighters, justly advocates for public CPR training.

August 23, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Good decisions made for 2050

We believe Tuesday's Board of Commissioners meeting was the most critical in recent memory, and we applaud the commissioners for their efforts.

August 21, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Williams proves nothing is impossible

Tichelle Florence is a walking, talking miracle - emphasis on walking.

August 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


County deserves stronger leadership

A simple question doesn't have an easy answer. But it should.

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on persecution

Religious and cultural bigotry has been around since, seemingly, the beginning of recorded time.

August 12, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Politics might have ruined 2050 panel

Sometimes what starts out as a good idea gets hijacked along the way.

August 09, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


School bus stops: Stop

Now that school has started back, motorists on many of our county roads are finding their commute time extended because of the band of bright yellow school busses carrying our children to and from their homes and school.

August 07, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: When a panel gets too big

The concept of a working committee to study the 2050 Plan proposal and make recommendations to streamline it seemed until this week to be a workable solution.

August 05, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Recognize improvements

Students and teachers returned to the classroom Friday, hopefully taking note of last year's improvements in many testing areas to do even more positive work this school year.

August 02, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Citizens' panel

During a Rotary Club of Covington meeting Tuesday, Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis announced that the commissioners are planning to start a citizens' panel consisting of an appointed member by each commissioner and appointees from each city in the county and entities such as the chamber, water and sewage authority and school board.

July 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: NYT’s pro-marijuana stance is disappointing

The New York Times editorial board this past Sunday called for the federal government to legalize marijuana in the United States.

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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From centerfold to senator

You'd have to be eligible for Social Security to remember the last time a Republican sat in the Senate seat made vacant last year when Ted Kennedy died. Scott Brown is the first Republican to win the seat since Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. won it in 1946.

January 24, 2010 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Our Thoughts


There is a difference

After reading Linda Cooper's letter to the editor, I realized that there are people who do not understand the difference in the Newton County Animal Control Program in Newton County and the Humane Society of Newton County.

January 22, 2010 | By Betty Bellairs | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Keeping the dream alive

We were pleased to see two local community leaders receive prestigious awards this past week.

January 22, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Not sinking in

A wise man once said that some people just don't get it. Councilman Whatley, as clearly as you articulated your opinions in your lengthy Wednesday night diatribe (you can read it in full at CovNews.com), you do not understand the core issues of going to the north Georgia mountains for a council retreat.

January 22, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


My safety net

In some ways, we were just alike. In others, we were direct opposites. But you didn't need a DNA test to know that we were cut from the same cloth. Mine was a bit wider and his was a tad longer.

January 22, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Our Thoughts


Brasstown bold

The Covington City Council voted to hold their annual retreat at the Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa located in the scenic North Georgia Mountains.

January 21, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Preserving the past

Members of the General Ray Davis Marine Corps Detachment 1188 of Covington are working on a project that will preserve a piece of our nation's history for future generations of Americans.

January 20, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Here we go again

Once again a member of Newton County Commissioner J.C. Henderson's family has run afoul of the law. This is extremely unfortunate.

January 20, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Off to a good start

The 2010 legislative session started on an upbeat note. The first task of the House was to elect a new Speaker and Speaker Pro Tem, in the wake of the leadership changes during December. On Monday, we elected David Ralston of Blue Ridge as Speaker, and Jan Jones of Alpharetta as Speaker Pro Tem. I am very pleased with both of these selections and feel these new leaders will guide the House of Representatives in a very positive direction. If you wish to learn a bit more about them, I have previously written a column that introduces each. (You can ...

January 20, 2010 | By Doug Holt | Our Thoughts


Awarding the Aldridges

It always amazes us how year after year deserving individuals are honored with the R.O. Arnold Award. Newton County seems to have an abundance of civic-minded souls.

Named after "Mr. Bob" Arnold, who with his wife Florence, established The Arnold Fund, the R.O. Arnold Award is awarded to an individual who has shown significant service to the Newton County community and has lived in the county for at least five years. Past recipients and past chairs of the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce nominate and then vote on recipients.

January 17, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Change of venue

At a recent mayors' meeting, Covington Mayor Kim Carter said the city had received some negative press about the March planning retreat for the council and mayor.

January 15, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Newton’s heroes

 Last week a vicious fire tore through a house in the Trotters Walk subdivision. When the Newton County Fire Department arrived on the scene, they learned that someone was trapped in the house. Firemen Chris Calhoun and Justin McCord were part of a valiant attempt to rescue the trapped woman. Unfortunately, in spite of their gallant efforts, the crew could not reach Laverne Goodwin in time to save her life.

January 13, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Within these walls

No community is immune to it.

January 13, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Move over — here comes Sonny

I read where Gov. Sonny Perdue held a pep rally at the Capitol for state agency heads, state employees and assorted bass fishermen to fire up the troops as he prepares for the last year of what has been a scintillating two terms as our leader.

January 13, 2010 | Dick Yarbrough | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts... Directing traffic

We are glad that the Newton County Board of Commissioners has started the process of installing a traffic light at the intersection of Oak Hill Road and Ga. Highway 212 in the western part of the county.

January 10, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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